Former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma Dead


New Delhi, March 4: Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma died here following a massive heart attack on Friday.

He was 68.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced the news of his death in the House following which the House was adjourned for the day.

Mahajan said Sanga was a politician of masses who strove relentlessly for the amelioration of the marginalised sections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death saying, Sangma was “a self-made leader whose contribution towards the development of the North East is monumental. Saddened by his demise.”

Sangma was a nine-time member of Lok Sabha and the Speaker in the 11th Lok Sabha. He had also held important portfolios in the central government.

He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of Opposition in the assembly from 1990 to 1991.

Born on September 1, 1947 in village Chapahati in the picturesque West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, Sangma grew up in the small tribal village and struggled hard to rise in life.

After completing his graduation from St Anthony’s College, he went to Dibrugarh University in Assam for his Masters degree in International Relations. Subsequently, he also obtained a degree in Law.

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